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Watch the TIFF 2013 Top Film Trailers

The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival will open with "a film that speaks to the world we live in" says CBC News' Eli Glasner. TIFF Artistic Director Cameron Bailey calls it "the story of the moment". The Fifth Estate, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange, is the story of the creation of WikiLeaks and it's already proving to be a good conversation-starter to get the festival going. 

Directed by Bill Condon, the film also stars Daniel Brühl, Stanley Tucci and Laura Linney. Eli reported that "fan favourite" Benedict Cumberbatch will be here for the screening. 

Sherlock fans can try to bag a Cumberbatch triple-header at the festival - he also stars in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, alongside Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt, and August: Osage County with Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Ewan McGregor. 

August: Osage Country brings Julia Roberts back to Steel Magnolias-country (the former is set in Oklahoma and the latter in Louisiana) but expect a slightly darker turn in this family drama, plus a new accent from Meryl!

The Canadian offering also features some stellar ensemble casting, particularly from Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners, an intense thriller starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello and Terrence Howard. 

On a personal note, we're excited about the potential of seeing Jake at both TIFF 2013 and at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards (fingers crossed).

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is a film that Eli says "already has Oscar buzz", not only because it's a powerful story but "frankly, because Harvey Weinstein is behind it". Idris Elba stars as Nelson Mandela. 

Rush, directed by Ron Howard, is a biopic about Austrian Formula 1 champion driver Niki Lauda and his near-fatal 1976 crash. Lauda is played by The Fifth Estate star Daniel Brühl, who we can expect to see a lot more of in entertainment news, and Chris Hemsworth plays his rival. 

These are just some of the trailers for the films announced so far. You can see the full list of TIFF 2013 films here. Many are still in the final stages of post-production, getting ready for screening at the festival, but we'll be updating programming announcements, trailers, star confirmations and more as we head towards September 5th. 

You should also bookmark CBC News' Arts page for the latest on TIFF from Eli and the Arts team.



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